Who would have believed it? After 14 inches of fresh snow in less than 24 hours, the tracks for the 4 Km Classic + 4 Km Freestyle Pursuit Muffin Race were rocket fast. Groomer Kevin spent then entire afternoon and evening on Saturday - between 1:00 and 7:00 pm regrooming the entire trail system at the Cross Country Ski Headquarters in Roscommon over and over to pack down the heavily falling snow. He was back out at 3:00am Sunday morning ensuring primo racing conditions.
All photos by Bob Ampulski
The race course at consisted of one loop through Rolling Hills and Tall Pines using classic technique, then a second loop over the same trails using skating technique - the same loop traditionally used for the Michigan Cup Relays in March. The tracks were so fast that two-thirds of the juniors doublepoled the classic portion of the race in their skate equipment, saving time by not having to transition from classic to skate gear in the pursuit transition zone.
The race began with a mass start, girls and boys together. Team NordicSkiRacer's Brendan Biac had the fastest time of the day, finishing the 4 Km classic and 4 Km freestyle in a combined time of 26:11. Baic also posted the fastest classic and freestyle times as well. Ross Williams and Greg Brown Brown, also in the J1 Male 14-19 age division, finished second and third in 2:33 and 29:22.
Formal attire was optional
In the J1 Female division, Kaitlyn Patterson picked up her 6th Michigan Cup win, finishing the pursuit in 31:34. She also had the 6th fastest classic and 9th fastest freestyle time - boys and girls combined. Maria Frick was second in 35:03, with Kayla Keenen third in 39:05.
In the J2 division, ages 7-13, Kristina Kamm won the girls race in 50:55. In the boys race, Lars Hallstrom bested Anthony Cook, 43:35 to 52:07.
In the 6 and under division, around 20 kids raced a short course with everyone winning a medal. The medals were donated by Beth and Jack Caldwell from all the many medals they have won over their many years or racing. Kids were running around excitedly with Vasa, White Pine and other medals around their necks. Their parents were even more excited!
It was a hungry race crowd - Bob Frye had to dig deep to find enough Pork BBQ for everyone.
Currently, the Cross Country Ski Headquarters has some of the best skiing all season.
See more photos at http://web.me.com/ontrackrr/Muffin_2009.
|J2 Female 13 & Under - 8 Km|
|1||198||Kamm||Kristina||Gross Point Woods||26:44||2||24:11||2||50:55|
|J2 Male 13 & Under - 8 Km|
|J1 Female 14-19 - 8 Km|
|J1 Male 14-19 - 8 Km|